Dijoneé Sandoval was 15 when she first began to bake. “Growing up being Mexican-American, you know, my grandma cooked, my mom cooked, but nobody really baked," she told Yahoo. Now the sweet entrepreneur's mixed her Latina culture and passion for confections to create one of the most adorable, and her most popular, treats — Frida cake pops.
The treats are a one-of-a-kind homage to Mexican artist and icon Frida Kahlo. “I decided to do Frida because I feel like she’s such an important part of our community,” Sandoval said. “She’s bold, she really didn’t care what people thought, and I feel even being part of the baking industry you kind of have to stand out.” Sandoval, known as Momma Dee Sweets on social media, is following suit with her colorful cake pops — and bonus, she also has caramel apple Fridas!
Sandoval’s cake pops come in many flavors. The outer part is covered in chocolate: white chocolate for Frida’s face and dark chocolate for her hair. The young Latina baker beautifully showcases her decorating skills in bringing Frida’s face to life. “I would say the most challenging part, whether it’s the cake pop or even the apples, is definitely the eyebrows,” she said. “That’s what everybody knows her for, so I definitely have to make sure I live up to that standard, and make sure they’re just right.” Momma Dee, you nailed Frida’s signature brows.
The colorful flower crown is also a must, and Sandoval unfailingly includes this very important detail. The individual flowers are made out of fondant and the earrings are sugar pearls. Her Frida pops have been a favorite among customers. Sandoval is taking her Momma Dee Sweets to the first-ever LatinaFest in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, a monumental event celebrating Latinas who are making an impact.
“To me, food is love, and what better way to do that than through Frida or any other type of dessert?”